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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (March 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140007147X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400071470
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hospitality is a spiritual gift, according to this beginner-level, Christian-themed cookbook, but it can also be learned. Smith, a former caterer, shares the recipes she has made for family, friends and church gatherings. Beginning each chapter with a personal reminiscence and a Bible quote, Smith emphasizes her religious orientation and traditional values. Her culinary aesthetic is equally conservative, hearkening back at times to the 1960s. Smith reports that she is acquainted with the Bush family, and her convenience-oriented, anachronistic but crowd-pleasing cuisine resembles that of Ariel de Guzman's recent Bush Family Cookbook. Salads include both green and gelatinous creations; soups are as straightforward as Tomato-Basil Bisque and as exotic as Chicken Pot Pie Soup. Entrées are old-fashioned American favorites (Ham Loaf) or inauthentic versions of international dishes (Ravioli Lasagna; marmalade-sweetened Mandarin Chicken). There are also chapters devoted to nonalcoholic drinks, appetizers, brunch, breads and dessert. Many ingredients can be found in cans and packets, and Smith helpfully supplies a grocery list and pantry checklist for every recipe. While this work won't seem particularly welcoming to serious foodies or, for that matter, nonbelievers, it may offer inspiration to some. (Mar.)
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About the Author

Barbara Smith is a former professional caterer and author of Cooking with Smitty’s Mom. She and her husband of nearly five decades, Paul, reside in Franklin, Tennessee with where she cooks and entertains for countless family and friends, including son Michael and eight grandchildren. She attends The People’s Church and serves in their Room at the Inn ministry.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mama Lisa on February 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful, practical cookbook for families who want to enjoy meals together, but don't have lots of time to spend in preparation. The recipes are straightforward, using easy-to-find ingredients and the meals are delicious to even the pickiest of children. There are also wonderful hints, suggestions and lessons on how to show love for our family, friends and others through hospitality. Lots of fun candid photos of Michael W. Smith & his family enjoying Barbara's food in their kitchen, too!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on July 24, 2006
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Here's a cookbook sure to please everyone. Written by popular Christian singing star Michael W. Smith's Mama, Barbara Smith, Food That Says Welcome is a treasury of simple, imaginative, delicious recipes for preparing ahead of time so you can sit down and actually enjoy your family and guests during the meal. In the New Testament, both Paul and Peter encourage being "given to hospitality," and this cookbook is certainly an aid to this Christian grace. It is also a nice resource for those who just find joy in cooking, eating, and enjoying other people

Food That Says Welcome includes recipes for beverages, appetizers, breads, brunch, salads, soups, entrees, side dishes, and sweets, plus lists of substitutions, equivalent measures, Barbara Smith's favorite hints, and a word from her about being a Christian hostess. Each chapter begins with a Scripture, some brief anecdotal information, and a photo from the Smith family. Each easy-to-understand recipe ends with a list of items to buy and a pantry checklist. I found these pantry checklists are useful for making a list of items that should be found on your shelf. The ingredients used cover a wide range of foods, but are available in most super markets. Sprinkled throughout are "Hospitality Notes," such as which cakes freeze well and how to brown coconut in a microwave. When I tried these recipes I found them accurate, tasty, and amiable to my own particular additions and rearrangements.

Our family loves bread, and Food That Says Welcome includes several nice yeast and quick bread recipes.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Holmes on January 3, 2007
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I really like how simple the recipes are in this cookbook. I had initally checked it out at the library and liked it so much, got on-line to order it. My only disappointment with it is that the recipes make such small servings. I was looking for a cookbook that I could use while entertaining without having to double and triple recipes.

My favorite, in addition to the ease of the recipes, is the scripture that is immersed throughout. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mom in Bay Area on February 18, 2008
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The recipes in this book are very handy for entertaining. Sometimes you want something that will taste good, guaranteed, and not be too concerned about fat, etc. Sometimes you just want to be able to choose a recipe for comfort food and this book fits the bill. Most of the recipes are very quick to put together. I've made the wild rice chicken casserole a couple times already and it's fabulous with brown rice or black barley. I always cut down the sour cream and cheese and it still tastes great. Definitely pleased to have this book in my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty A. Armacost on June 9, 2007
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This book is what I hoped it would be; Nicely presented, appetizing

recipes.
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